is professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Milan-Bicocca and Director of the PhD programme in Applied Sociology and Social Research Methodology. She is scientific coordinator of the Milan based inter-university Centre ‘Gender Cultures’. From 2013 to 2015 she was President of the European Sociological Association. Her main research areas are cultural models, with a particular focus on youth; gender and generational differences; experiences of time and how these change. Her recent books include Sociologias del tiempo (Santiago, Finis Terrae, 2014) and Chronotopes of Youth: Spaces and Times of Youth Cultures in the Global City, edited with C. Feixa and P. Nilan (Den Haag – New York, Brill, in print).